The katsu sandwich obsession hit San Francisco a few years ago, and fans still can’t get enough of crispy schnitzel stacked on pillow-shaped soft milk bread and cut into a perfect square. Most of the time, our local versions are based on pork or chicken schnitzel rolled in crusty breadcrumbs, but there are also croquettes stuffed with baby shrimp or sticky cheese, creamy egg salads, and even sweet pudding topped with fresh fruit for dessert. The best Japanese sandwiches can be a contrast of textures sinking through soft bread to a crunch of cabbage, or they can be a tender experience – and as young children will attest, there’s nothing wrong with a completely crustless lunch. Here are the cleanest (and tastiest) Katsu sandwiches in San Francisco.
Note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.